[From the multi-stakeholder Indigenous Peoples’ (IP) Normalisation Dialogue held at Ateneo de Davao University, October 15, 2015, 1;30 to 6:00 pm]
Below is the summary (as captured in the discussion) of the recommendations during the IP Normalization Dialogue:
- Recognize IP ancestral domain as a political territory and the focus of development planning and service delivery (not just barangay).
- Promote and respect IP self-governance; strengthen or re-establish IP political systems.
- Popularize the Indigenous People’s Rights Act (IPRA); ensure that the entire government is accountable for it and not just the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP).
- Strengthen the NCIP in terms of structure, personnel and budget to implement IPRA
- In service delivery by government and NGOs, respect IP ways and processes (“Dili mi kinahanglan mosurrender sa sistema sa uban aron mi ninyo tabangan”) – “We don’t need to surrender to your system just to be given assistance by non-IPs.”
- Reactivate the negotiations between the Government of the Philippines and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) without preconditions.
- Reactivate the Joint Monitoring Committee.
- Demilitarization of the Lumad communities so they can go home.
- Pamaas (indigenous practice): Each side (Government and the NPA) has something they have to be accountable for.
- Strengthen the tribal defense system.
- Office of the Presidential Assistant on the Peace Process (OPAPP) to have a “peace table” for IPs; NCIP to have a peace program.
- Continue the Dialogues
- On the recommendations?
- One dialogue on the demands? Pull-out military troops from our schools and communities, disband and disarm AFP-backed indigenous paramilitary groups and prosecute all perpetrators of human rights violations
- Ensure that the “other” is “present” in the dialogue; do the necessary preparations and back-channeling